The Seven Network and the Australian Racing Group have struck a landmark deal that will see the all-new S5000 class, among other categories on the newly-named Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships, broadcast on Australia’s number one network, starting in 2020.
Seven will broadcast live and free coverage of ARG categories and key events including the TCR Australia Series, S5000, Touring Car Masters and more in an exciting new multi-year deal.
Fans of motorsport will be the winner, with the broadcast commitment from Seven delivering the new wave of touring cars and open wheel racing stars live and free coverage.
A minimum of six hours of live coverage across the Saturday and Sunday of each event is part of the deal, simulcast on 7plus, Seven’s BVOD service.
Seven’s renewed commitment to Australian motorsport will also feature extensive live coverage of two major events at Australia’s most iconic race track – Mount Panorama, Bathurst.
The two ARG events which include popular Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour over the Easter weekend and the recently announced Bathurst International event in December 2020 will both receive extended TV time on the Seven channels.
The Seven Network is world famous for its motorsport coverage, having broadcast the Australian Touring Car Championship, the Bathurst 1000 and other motor racing categories through every decade since the 1970s.
The Network pioneered cutting edge technologies such as in-car racecam and driver-to-commentator interviews – broadcasting marvels that are now commonplace all across the world.
Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, Seven, said: “We’re thrilled to be broadcasting these great motorsport events from next year. Motorsport has long been a passion of ours at Seven, and we’ve led the way with innovative coverage of iconic Australian motorsport for decades.
“This agreement marks the next step in our commitment to motorsport, and we look forward to working with Australian Racing Group to bring these events to Australians live and free from 2020.”
The all-new S5000 racing car class will feature on the live and free broadcasts. The category’s sensational debut at Sandown in September attracted a record Shannons Nationals crowd who witnessed a display of high speed, fearless racing from the thundering V8-powered open wheelers.
The first time that S5000 and the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships will be seen on Seven will be at Sydney Motorsport Park on March 27-29 next year.